Two of the three Caribbean-based sides in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) were in action this weekend as crucial matches in international competition loom. Trinidad & Tobago's DirecTV W Connection was not in action.
Here is a review of the weekend's domestic league play:
September 14, 2012
In the 2012/13 Trinidad & Tobago Digicel Pro League opener for both, Caledonia AIA dropped a 3-1 decision to the North East Stars at Hasely Crawford Stadium.
After a scoreless first half, pre-season acquisition Cornell Glen fired the Stars into a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute. The 31-year-old forward raced in from the left, evaded a defender and fired past goalkeeper Glenroy Samuel.
Kerry Baptiste, another one of the many signings made by new head coach Angus Eve, made it 2-0 in the 67th minute directing a Kaydion Gabriel cross into the net.
Kareem Joseph halved the deficit six minutes later for Caledonia, converting a penalty kick.
The outstanding Gabriel completed the scoreline in the fourth minute of injury time, when he pounced on the rebound of a Baptiste attempt and blasted home without mistake.
Next CCL game: Wednesday, September 26 -- away v Marathon
September 15, 2012
The Puerto Rico Islanders upended the Minnesota Stars on Saturday 2-0 at the Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel.
Anthony Vazquez scored the game's first goal in the 20th minute, latching onto a delicate pass from David Foley and slotting past goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt.
The game was put out of reach five minutes before full-time, when Foley beat Hildebrandt off an assist from Joshua Hansen. Puerto Rico -- which returns to CCL play on Wednesday against the visiting LA Galaxy -- sits third in the North American Soccer League with 40 points, six behind the first-place San Antonio Scorpions.
Next CCL game: Wednesday, September19 -- home v LA Galaxy